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NITSAN is Tel Aviv University's Sustainable Development Lab. Supported by the Boris Mints Institute (School of Public Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences), the lab conducts inter-disciplinary research on all aspects of sustainable development, with an emphasis on the diffusion of Israeli technologies in developing countries. Our research involves intensive field work in multiple locations in Asia and Africa. 

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NITSAN Fellowship

 Israel's first sustainable development 
 experiential research program 

The NITSAN Fellowship aims to connect TAU’s classrooms and laboratories to circumstances of poverty and environmental degradation across the developing world, and to educate the next generation of global problem solvers through an innovative, experiential curriculum. ​

We are looking for outstanding, pioneering, innovative and adventurous students to:

  • Spend months in field sites in Asia and Africa;

  • Develop a deep understanding of the complex local challenges;

  • Identify, pilot, test and adapt technologies with potential impact;

  • Work with Israeli start-ups and innovators;

  • Develop innovative interventions and business models;

  • Lead cutting edge, data-driven and evidence based learning.

NITSAN fellows:

  • Take part in new TAU courses in cutting edge Sustainability Science;

  • Receive academic credit;

  • Conduct research using a mix of methods, with an emphasis on field work and empirical data science;

  • Can write theses and dissertations on the basis of NITSAN research;

  • Receive academic guidance from Prof. Hadas Mamane (Engineering) and Dr. Ram Fishman (Social Sciences).

 Apply to the 2019 NITSAN Fellowship 

The Fellowship is open to all TAU graduate students, from all backgrounds and disciplines. Candidates from engineering, social science, policy, data science and public health are especially welcome. Undergraduate students can be admitted in exceptional cases. Candidates are expected to spend at least 3 months in field sites (according to research needs), and to commit to continue working on the project upon their return to Israel.  Scholarships can be available for strong candidates.  

Applications open April 2019.

If you are interested, leave us your details, we will get back to you once applications are open.

In 2018, 8 outstanding and pioneering TAU students from some of the most prestigious programs of the university have successfully completed a NITSAN Fellowship in India, where they helped create a data-driven monitoring platform and piloted several technologies, including two Israeli agtech startups in the field.

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הסטודנטים שמקדמים פרויקט חדשנות חקלאית במדינת אנדרה-פרדש

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Israeli innovation: 'Good for us, good for them'

A look at how the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges is ‘healing the world’

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This week at Tel Aviv airport

David Shurman, 31, and Karel Finkelstein, 30, from Tel Aviv; flying to Delhi, India.

Liat Elkayam's column in Haaretz